Making a Powerful Connection: the Health of the Public and the National Information Infrastructure. 8.4 Workforce Training


Professionals who are unfamiliar with (or have limited access to) information technology and existing decision support and communication tools relevant to public health responsibilities cannot argue effectively for increased allocation of resources to improve the public health information infrastructure. They are unlikely to take full advantage of technology that is available to them or contribute innovative ideas for applying the information infrastructure to population health.

Facilitating advanced public health applications of information technology will require a cadre of public health professionals with advanced informatics training. It also demands significant improvements in the basic technology literacy of the general workforce in public health, and ongoing training to continuously update information skills.